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Overview

Winner, The New York Public Library, Best of Reference Award, 2002

New York University Press is proud to announce the return of a valuable resource for both Jewish families and those interested in learning more about the Jewish faith. The New Encyclopedia of Judaism is a comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia that accessibly presents every aspect of the Jewish religion and represents current thinking among scholars in the Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox movements.

The original version of the encyclopedia was selected by the American Library Association as an Outstanding Reference Book. This revised and expanded edition updates the original thousand entries and adds nearly 250 new ones. Magnificently illustrated, it also contains a new introduction, a guide for usage, new illustrations, as well as a new annotated bibliography. Its compilation was overseen by the late Geoffrey Wigoder, best known as the Editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Judaica.

The articles cover a vast spectrum of topics. There are biographical entries on biblical figures, rabbis, and others whose thoughts and actions have influenced the development of Judaism. Also included are dozens of insightful commentaries on specific prayers. Issues of particular contemporary interest are given special attention, as are women's roles, with a separate entry on the feminist movement and new biographical entries on figures ranging from Miriam and Deborah to Blu Greenberg and Suzannah Heschel. Particularly emphasized are the customs and folk traditions of Jewish outposts the world over.

Authoritative and accessible, The New Encyclopedia of Judaism fulfills the promise of the first edition and serves as a standard one-volume Jewish reference work for the new millennium. It is an ideal reference for every Jewish household and synagogue library.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The expansiveness and broad perspectives of this encyclopedia will lead us to rethink what we mean when we refer to Judaism. Rich in detail, thoughtfully conceived, and authoritative, this encyclopedia will be the standard contemporary reference work."

-Jehuda Reinharz,Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History and President, Brandeis University

"The publication of a new Jewish encyclopedia is an important event that warrants acclaim and celebration."

-Jewish Advocate

"I am delighted to learn that this volume is back in print. It will make a mountain of valuable information accessible to the average person, and that is a blessing for us all." -Rabbi Harold Kushner,author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"A work of exceedingly broad scope . . . of vast but unassuming erudition. The New Encyclopedia of Judaism is balanced, fluent, and laconic. Both old and young, the scholar and the novice, can dip into it. Any library—be it home, school, or organization—will benefit from this sumptuously illustrated volume."-The Jewish Press,

"Recognizing that Judaism is not just a systematic presentation of beliefs or the codification of abstract theological thought, this volume presents a very intimate portrait of [the Jewish] tradition...accessible and authoritative."-Booklist,starred review

Harold Kushner
I am delighted to learn that this volume is back in print. It will make a mountain of valuable information accessible to the average person, and that is a blessing for us all.
Jehuda Reinharz
The expansiveness and broad perspectives of this encyclopedia will lead us to rethink what we mean when we refer to Judaism. Rich in detail, thoughtfully conceived, and authoritative, this encyclopedia will be the standard contemporary reference work.
Booklist
Recognizing that Judaism is not just a systematic presentation of beliefs or the codificiation of abstract theological thought, this volume presents a very intimate portrait of [the Jewish] tradition...accessible and authoritative.
Publishers Weekly
In 1989, The Encyclopedia of Judaism set a high standard for Jewish reference works and was selected as an Outstanding Reference Book by the American Library Association. But in The New Encyclopedia of Judaism, a good work has been made even better; the original thousand entries have been updated and 250 new ones added. As with the first edition, the one-volume resource has hundreds of illustrations, contributions from scholars from all major branches of Judaism and a strong annotated bibliography. (Oct. 16) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This thoughtfully conceived, insightful, and authoritative work will serve as the standard one-volume comprehensive Jewish reference work as we enter the new millennium. It seeks to present a balanced picture, offering current thinking among scholars in Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox movements and a roster of contributors hailing from Israel, England, and the United States. While the scholarship is solid, the material is readily accessible to a popular audience, and the work is magnificently illustrated. The original 1989 version, a work of broad scope, was selected by the American Library Association as an Outstanding Reference book. The 2002 edition updates the original 1000 entries and adds nearly 250 new ones, plus a new introduction, a guide for usage, new illustrations (many in color), a glossary of terms, and a wide-ranging annotated bibliography of accessible basic works on Judaism for the general reader. Issues of particular contemporary interest are highlighted, as are women's roles, with a separate entry on the feminist movement and new biographical entries on women figures. The editors are well qualified for the job: the late Wigoder (zl) has served as editor in chief of the multivolume Encyclopedia Judaica, Fred Skolnik served as editor of The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust, and Shmuel Himelstein is author of The Jewish Primer: Questions and Answers on Jewish Faith and Culture. This excellent work is an essential purchase for all public libraries, synagogue libraries, and special collections of Judaica. Jewish families will also benefit by having this work on hand for household use.-David B. Levy, Enoch Pratt Lib., Baltimore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814793886
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 856
  • Sales rank: 1,367,393
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 2.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Wigoder was Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia Judaica.

Shmuel Himelstein is the author of The Jewish Primer: Questions and Answers on Jewish Faith and Culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2002

    Useful reference guide on Jewish stuff

    Not the sort of thing one would read in one sitting of course, but it is an improvement over its musty predecessor, and is a handy guide for most questions about Judaism and things related. Doesn't have any obvious political bent (except for pluralism) that I could discern, which is helpful in research, and so it is about as objective a reference on Judaism that could be found. Also gets with the program with information on women in Judaism, etc., that the older edition lacked. The kind of the thing one might give to a Bar Mitzvah instead of a pen, or get for a home library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2002

    Good , but could be better

    This book was written by fifty or more people of different degrees of Jewish knowledge and understanding.A great part of the book was done by Rabbi Chaim Pearl of blessed memory .Also Rabbi Shubert Spero made a real contribution.But I think the person who did more of the book and for the book than anyone is Dr.Gabriel Sivan .His name should also have been on the cover of this book. This is all in all a good introductory work , and does have the feature of giving views very often of the three ' major streams ' of Judaism .As someone who wrote a lot of small entries for the book and was helped in the editing of them by Rabbi Dr.Chaim Pearl I can say his dedicated spirit inspires the work wherever he touches it . He wrote among others, the entry on Yom Kippur,and too should be credited for much which is distinguished in this work.

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